Date: May 12, 2017

Six Shipshewana Stops We Can't Get Enough Of

By Lora Gates

Amish farm with white fence and horses in pasture

There is nothing more relaxing than a laid-back day in Shipshewana, Indiana, with my two youngest kiddos. Their zest for life makes even the simplest of outings entertaining and fun every time, no matter how many times we repeat some of the same trips. 

Even though we live here year-round, we can't get enough of some of the shops and restaurants here in town! Put all six of our favorite stops together, and you'll have a day of amazing shopping, delicious treats, and fun things to do. 


Music store in Shipshewana with smiling kids playing the Dulcimer

Stop 1: Simple Sounds at the Davis Mercantile

My kids love anything musical. Especially drums...which of course must be banged loudly at all hours! So our first stop is usually at Simple Sounds (located on the main floor of the Davis Mercantile).


They sell acoustic stringed instruments and musical gifts to please the talented, not-so-talented, the young and the old! We love testing out the instruments and even learning to play the dulcimer. We can't seem to leave Simple Sounds without picking up a kazoo, harmonica or boom stick. 






Smiling Redhead child drinking a frappe inside a Shipshewana coffee shop

Stop 2: Kitchen Cupboard at the Davis Mercantile

Whether you are a tea drinker or coffee drinker you’ll love a stop at Kitchen Cupboard. Ok, let’s face it even if you don’t like coffee or tea, you are sure to find a treat to please your taste buds!


Our family favorite is the Cookies & Cream Frappe. Don’t forget to get the large and make sure you ask for an extra straw for sharing :).


My kids love to see who can sip the most of their icy drinks without getting brain freeze! 





Dentzel Carousel rooster and horse in the Davis Mercantile

Stop 3: Hand Carved 1906 Denztel Carousel at the Davis Mercantile

This is truly a hidden gem - and perfect for kids of all ages! On the 3rd floor of the Davis Mercantile is a stunning carousel full of beautifully painted animals that reflect the area’s heritage.


A fun ride on the carousel is sure to take you back in time and put you in a restful and whimsical mood. When you go, don’t forget cash to buy tokens and the more you buy the more you save, so invest a $10 or a $20 and put the extra tokens in your purse for your next visit.






boy giving thumbs up eating a burger and fries inside Millie's Market Cafe in Shipshewana, IN

Stop 4: Lunch at Millie’s Market Café at the Davis Mercantile

Did you know that you can dine outdoor on the rooftop of the Davis Mercantile? Just across from the carousel is one of our favorite places to eat - Millie’s Market Cafe. Eat on the roof and take in the beautiful local ambiance (it's so much fun to people watch, or in our case, horse and buggy watch!). If the weather is less cooperative, you can always eat indoor among the vintage tables and decor.


Millie's Market offers delicious homeade soups, salads, sandwiches, and of course, pie! They even have trivia cards and table games to pass the time while you wait on your favorite meal (mine of which is the Olive Burger). Make sure you try the lemon crinkle cookies if they have them featured...YUM! 


smiling kids shopping inside Ole Tin Rooster in Shipshewana Indiana

Stop 5: Shopping at the Ole Tin Rooster

Looking for an amazing place to shop in Shipshewana? You won't want to miss one of the newer businesses in town - the Ole Tin Rooster.


This vintage and antique store on Harrison Street has a little bit of old mixed with a little bit of new. The combination is extraordinary.


My children must be old souls because they just love looking at the fun items (especially the antiques in the lower level). Where else can you find some of those neat old items great grandma used to have that the kids have never seen before? This store has become a must stop on my shopping outings for sure!


Stop 6: Shopping Locally-Made

My family is always up for taking a drive through beautiful Indiana Amish country to visit one of the many Locally-Made Shops that are sprinkled throughout the area. We love the sights we see along the way, plus we find the most unique items! Just make sure you take the time to plan a little in advance.


Not up for the country drive? You can also visit Shipshewana Flea Market for a selection of local vendors every Tuesday & Wednesday from May through September.


Want more ideas for a unique getaway? Download our free Shipshewana Amish Country Trip Planner.


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